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Christmas decorations in a front yard

Overview

Spread and share holiday cheer this year by creating a festive front yard that your family can enjoy with the entire neighbourhood. Light up your trees, brighten up your lawn and illuminate your property exterior with these top tips.

Steps

1Identify your focal point

First, figure out which part of your yard you’d like to draw the most attention to. Do you have a large tree that will be your focal point? Or will the exterior of your home be the main attraction?

front yard of a house

2Match light strands with your exterior

If your fence is white, use white light strands where possible. This will create a subtle effect that doesn’t detract from the main event. You can use more than one strand of lights for more impact.

lights strands on the exterior wall

3Group your lights

Using too many hues at once can repel the eye and create a chaotic look. To avoid this, group your lights together – coloured, white or warm white.

light reindeers in a front yard

4Test your lights

Before hanging any lights, test each set so you know they will work. (The last thing you want is to go to the trouble of hanging your lights, only to find they don’t work!)

outdoor lights being tested

5Attach easily

Make the hanging process easier by attaching light clips or using cable ties to ensure the lights are running in the same direction.

decorative lights on a wall

6Work from the ground up

The best way to hang lights is to work from the ground up – start with net lights in the bushes, before hanging lights in trees using a broom. Don’t forget to step back every now and then to inspect your progress and make sure it looks like what you’ve envisioned.

Christmas decorations in a front yard

7Double layers

Doubling the layers of your lights creates a bigger wow factor.

double layers of lights hanging on the exterior

8Drape curtain lights on fencing

Enhance your lighting by installing curtain lights on your fencing. This is a great idea if you have a long driveway or a picket fence.

blue lights on a fencing

9Style your front door

Continue the festive styling by decorating your front door. Install a garland around the edge, hang a wreath and place mini-trees on your porch. You can also wind lights through your garland and wreath for a festive first impression.

front door with plants and gifts

10Fill the deck with props

Accompany your front door decorations with some layered decorations – think bunches of natural foliage from the garden or surrounding area, baskets of display presents or props like rocking horses.

Christmas props and gifts outside

11Collection of ornaments

Add a collection of ornaments throughout your garden – a cluster of baubles, pine cones or fairy light lanterns.

christmas ornaments on a front door

12Make your own decorations

It’s time to get creative with D.I.Y. Christmas decorations. From candy canes made from pool noodles, to illuminated ‘snowballs’ and light trees made from spiral obelisks, you can add your own personal touches to your festive front yard.

Christmas decorations in a front yard

13Ready to get started?

Check out our range of Christmas lights, perfect for your festive front yard.

Christmas decorations in a front yard

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Health & Safety

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